Voting for civic bodies begins in Kerala
Voting for the first phase of local body elections covering seven of the 14 districts in Kerala began today.india Updated: Oct 23, 2010 09:49 IST
Voting for the first phase of local body elections covering seven of the 14 districts in Kerala began on Saturday.
Reports from across the state said the voting is brisk in rural areas while it is yet to pick up in corporations and municipal towns.
No untoward incident had been reported from anywhere, police sources said.
The districts where polling is taking place are Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanthitta, Kozhiode, Waynad, Kannur and Kasargod. More than one crore voters are expected to exercise their franchise.
A total of 9,238 seats are up for grabs spread around three-tier panchayats and urban civic bodies in today's polls.
About 29,000 candidates are in the fray for the elections fought on political lines, mainly between the ruling CPI-M led LDF and the Congress-controlled UDF.
Half of the total seats are reserved for women.
Election to remaining seven districts - Alappuzha, Idukki, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Palakkad and Malappuram - would be held on October 25.
Counting would be held on October 27.